Community planting at Diamond Lake

Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust is a Wānaka community-based native plant nursery that specialises in propagating plants of local origin (Upper Clutha region) and uses these plants for localised native habitat restoration. We work with local community groups, schools, organisations & businesses in the effort to promote hands-on community land care. 

Our mission is to inspire community native habitat through propagation, education and hands-on participation.


Nursery Sessions - Nursery volunteer days are open to all members of the public and are held every Tuesday & Wednesday from 9am-12pm (Spring/Summer) and 1pm-4pm (Autumn/Winter). These volunteer sessions teach propagation/cultivation techniques, leading on to planting and nurturing of the young plants in the wild and are guided by our Nursery Manager. We provide Venus coffee, tea and snacks for all our volunteers and you also get the chance to soak in the views on our deck.


Planting Projects - Each year, we identify and undertake habitat restoration projects to create islands of new native bush and enrich existing areas to provide precious habitat for our local wildlife. Work at these planting projects takes the form of maintenance days (watering and weeding) and planting days (putting the plants into the ground). Project days are on Saturdays with maintenance during the summer and planting between May and October. Dates are advertised in the calendar below, on our Facebook page, and in the Wanaka Messenger.



If you have queries contact us,

Nursery Sessions

Every Tuesday & Wednesday


October 1 - March 31: 9am - 12

April 1 - September 30: 1pm - 4pm

Nursery sessions are canceled on rainy days.

Please stay away if you are unwell or have been unwell in the 48 hours beforehand.

The nursery sessions are still running during the school holidays. Call in and help us grow more native plants!

You don't need any special skills to join. We will explain what to do.

Come along, help us grow more native plants and learn more them! All welcome!

You will find some directions here to come to the nursery.

Planting sessions

Our next planting session is on Saturday 7th August 2021 from 10am to 12pm by the lake, below Waimana Place, in Wānaka.

Meet at 10am at the planting site

We are aiming to plant 300 native plants (!)

Directions: park at the bottom of Waimana Place and walk along the lake shore track towards Albert Town until you find us :)

We will provide some tools and gloves but if you have your own, please bring them along.

Bring your own cup, warm clothes, sturdy footwear and a friend too!
Morning tea provided.

All welcome!

Next plantings for 2021: 21st August Diamond Lake, 4th September, 3rd October.

Dates and locations may change.

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM was held on the 14th April 2021 at 4.30pm.

The 2020 financial statements are available here, and here is the annual report.


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